Ethnobiology and Ethnobotany

Ethnobiology the scientific study of the way living things are treated or used by different human cultures. It studies the dynamic relationships between people, biota, and environments, from the distant past to the immediate present. Ethnobiology is a rapidly growing field of research, gaining professional, student, and public interest within North America and internationally. There is a need in Ethnobiology to explore modern methodology appropriate for studying people-biota-environment interactions, to quantitatively analyze our multidisciplinary data based on hypothesis, to integrate diverse lines of evidence for documenting ethnobiological knowledge and practices, to develop interdisciplinary education programs to train students and practitioners of Ethnobiology and to obtain academic funding sources.  Ethnobotany is considered as a branch of ethnobiology, the study of past and present interrelationships between human cultures and the plants, animals, and other organisms in their environment. Like its parent field, ethnobotany makes apparent the connection between human cultural practices and the sub-disciplines of biology.



  • Cosmological and moral significance
  • Symbolic and spiritual role of ethnobotany
  • Cross-cultural ethnobiology
  • Traditional ecological knowledge

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